Well, we just received a very nice email from the person who bought the clock. He said he was going to keep the clock & fix it up & he wished us luck.
Maybe I'm the one who's insane.
As far as I was concerned, that was the only reason anyone would buy that clock. In the hands of someone who knew what they were doing, it could be made into a very nice (and pricey) item. It was a mid 19th century shelf clock, with a painted stag on glass, mahogany, and contained original instructions. But it was in nowhere near pristine condition - there was a split in the wood on the back, there was some visible water damage, some of the veneer had broken off, there were some drops of paint on it and so on. All that was documented in the listing and in pictures, and its why we sold it as cheaply as we did.
What raised my suspicion more than anything was that the buyer had purchased insurance on the item, he contacted us to tell us it was damaged, but when we suggested he file a claim he did not want to. I know filing a claim may not be the most fun thing in the world, but it just seemed he was interested in getting some money back and keeping the item. That's what raised a red flag with me.
But he sent us a very nice email. I suppose we'll never be 100% sure of what was going on. We sent him back an email & wished him luck, and asked if he'd send us a picture after he got it fixed up. So I think we parted on good terms.
I never have this issue with postcards.